ORMOC CITY, Leyte – The city government here signed an agreement with Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) designating the latter as a temporary evacuation site and command center during calamities with mass casualties.
Mayor Lucy Torres-Gomez and RLC operations director Allan Anthony Armamento led the signing on Thursday afternoon at the Robinsons Place Ormoc and witnessed by key local officials and emergency responders.
"This partnership gives us assurance knowing that we are prepared and will survive should hard times come," the mayor said.
Under the agreement, Robinsons committed to designate 1,690 square meters of its parking lot for the setting up of temporary evacuation sites, command center, triage area in the immediate aftermath of destructive calamities.
"The signing identifies Robinsons as a command center. We stand to support the development of the city in recognizing that disaster risk reduction and management is everyone's responsibility," Armamento said.
During the signing, Gomez recalled the three major disasters that struck Ormoc – the 1991 massive flooding, Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, and strong earthquake in 2017.
Ormoc is a 1st class independent component city in the Eastern Visayas region with a population of 230,998, making it the second most populous city in Leyte province after Tacloban, the region’s capital.
The city is the economic, cultural, commercial and transportation hub of the western part of Leyte. (PNA)